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Early video: House fire in Aberdeen, MD.

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Video from wildbill0013 taken during a fire Saturday night at 14 Defense Drive in Aberdeen, Maryland.

Elizabeth Janney, Aberdeen Patch:

A child discovered that an unattended candle had caused a fire in his bedroom just before 11 p.m. Saturday and told his grandmother, the fire marshal said.

According to the fire marshal, the child’s parents, who also lived in the residence, were not home at the time of the fire, which was reported at 10:53 p.m.

The grandmother and her brother tried to fan the flames with a blanket, but the fire and smoke grew so they all left the house and alerted a neighbor who called 911, the report stated.


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  • He

    The “A” team must have had the day off,,along with the “B” team, the “C” team,,,,,,,,,,,

    Seriously, this must be a “Pay to Spray” Fire department and the homeowner only paid for the exterior firefighting plan on the subscription.

  • Anonymous

    Got my popcorn. Waiting for the “Comments Show” to begin!!!

  • OldCityCaptain

    I was thinkin the same thing! I will give the well deserved…..
    COME ON MAN!!!!

  • OldSutterOne

    Good thing everyone got out of the home. The tactic employed could have resulted in comprimsed occupant and search team safety. Without knowing why they did what they did its either dumb ass or briliant.

  • Old Timer

    Is interior firefighting not in this departments SOP’s? Or did the video not show the first due engine company making entry?

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  • Mack Seagrave

    If this is the way this department ‘functions’ at a structure fire they should save the taxpayers a lot of money by selling all of their apparatus SCBA & bunker gear. They only need to purchase an old John Bean high pressure fog unit.

  • Anon

    Well if it’s Anne Arundel County, they have some very weird SOPs. Like no interior fire-fighting unless there is an obvious life threat without the 2 in 2 out, water supply, and RIT in place. Meaning if your on tank water you better make it look good…

  • Charlie Chan

    Every FF in PA is watching how the almighty do it in MD.

  • Curly in CT

    Wow, that’s too bad.

  • cappy

    Limited initial stafffing… transitional attack beginning with exterior then going interior as staffing permits is… and should be… the emerging trend in safe and intelligent fireground ops given the conditions present at time of arrival. The real world for about 80% of the country is just what you saw…. and in most cases is spot on strategy and tactics whether we “like” it or not… breaking with the old traditional (last 20 years) mindset… yes…. limiting our exposeure to unacceptable risk… yes…. going status quo in the interior attack mindset only crowd… no. It’s all about risk assessment and doing what you can for the customers in the vast majority of this country guys.

    • Mack Seagrave

      Cappy, with all due respect if this is what you truly believe I hope you don’t work in a department that is responsible for protecting any of my loved ones.

  • Anonymous

    I know not everyone is an FDNY fan but they recently conducted a very detailed, real world, live fire study that showed sticking a handline in the window and knocking the bulk of the fire before the interior attack may not be as bad as we were all taught to believe. They are rethinking the way they will fight fires in the future because of it. It’s worth reading and I think Dave actually covered it on here in the past. Stay Safe Brothers!

    • cappy

      Please be gentle when floating such a revelation as this to the general community of brothers. Many are not ready for such an eye opening event.
      Emerging trends are not likely to be tried and true… or even partially embraced by very many folks until it is overly obvious that the fire service is changing. Theses new trends are slowly being embraced by a few at this time… and more will buy in as the new info permeates our service.
      There are many who pay tribute and testimony every single day to the power and promise… the lasting impressions…. left on the fire service by those that have dedicated teaching our current approach to suppression for the past 30 years.
      Like many of you… I was worshiped at the altar of “attack from the unburned side” for 30 years. It’s what was taught and reinforced thousands of times. Some new approach to addressing our fireground priorities… while making realistic deployments of our most valuable resources… dose not come easy and never will. Stay tuned for more revelations in intelligent and safe fireground operations for our future.

      • Rescue5Squad

        I respectfully disagree and this video is exactly why. Watch the video again if you didnt notice the rapid change in smoke conditions (deteriorating) on the “D” side after sticking the fog nozzle in the window on the “A” side! Theres no “new revelation” in the fire service. Just people taking 1 step forward, and 3 steps back in the “name of safety”. I am very familiar with the FDNY study, and they didnt use FOG nozzles. They used 15/16″ smooth bores and 1″ smooth bores with a 185/210 gpm flow rate. I agree that a SB isnt gonna push fire. BUT, a fog nozzle absolutely will. Please dont think your on to something new, because you have over thought the basics.

  • RedRedRed

    How many firefighters have ever been saved by a RIT?

  • A Team

    Cappy is right! You do not, under any circumstances, put your crews in unreasonable or unacceptable conditions. It is called risk assessment and should be a practise that all of us follow. Initial attack and search went through the front door unseen by the camera. Eventually driven back out due to fire conditions and confirmation of no rescue. Fire had taken hold of the room in the picture, the hallway and another bedroom and bath and the attic area. Backup line was then deployed from an exterior position to knock down fire bulk. Crews then re-entered and finished extiguishment.

    Initial response 6 firefighters, 2 engines.

    No civilians, and no emergency services personnel were injured. Did everything go as planned? No! Can we learn from the incident to change? Yes!

  • Putz

    I use to live in Aberdeen, this tactic has been employed there for awhile. it’s safety first knock it down from the outside if possible and limit safety concerns going in… some say it’s a bad tatic, but in some cases it’s best tatic… btw they did do a search before spraying… just to let you know!

  • Anon

    Ok so I have a question for you all. Weren’t we all taught a house is considered occupied until proven otherwise with a search? Me personally I would not believe a homeowner that everyone is accounted for due to the unpredictable response of individuals when faced with an emergency. I under stand all the safety talk and understand the reasoning. But since when did we become lawn darts. I can’t speak for everyone but if I rolled up on that even if it was just me and the driver I’m gonna go get it the real way, and do the job I was taught. Seemed to me like there was plenty of staffing on the fire ground to effectively get that fire knocked down from the inside of the house. I also don’t want to be the Fire Department that didn’t go in and make sure everyone was out and find a child dead in the living room that the mother thought was out…..

  • cappy

    Given that over 80 percent of this country is understaffed vol. and small combination dept., most are frequently faced with the option of beginning the suppression effort with what is traditionaly described as defensive or offensive. A well placed narrow fog or straight stream for a brief period… properly placed to surpress an uncontrolled fire in a compartment on an understaffed fireground has… and will for the forseeable future be a viable option to improve the survival profile of the occupants. This approach allows us to often times stop the forward progress of fire development and at the same time gear up for a more desireable attack from the unburned side. The transitional fire attack from defensive to offensive is a concept we should employ when necessary and we should for obvious reasons avoid being stuck in the mindset of ” we must attack from the unburned side”. While this transitional attack is certainly not the perfect approach to the problem… we are trying to “set the table” in a hostile fire event to buy enough time for “staffing up” for more desirable tactics. Truth is… we take what we have an do the best we can with what we find on arrival to effect a better outcome. The idlh enviroment we are often faced with on arrival is not conducive to intelligent and safe fireground ops when we place firefighters in a enviroment they are not likely to survive.Many draw the conclusion from some of the above that we are regressing to the 1960’s if we employ such approaches.. I believe the opposite is true. These small residential compartment fires in single family dwellings are by and large everones bread and butter suppression operation. Reserving the transitional attack as a mainstay in our approach to mitigating the incident should always be an option when we consider our options at events like this one in the video. The old saying.. put the fire out and most of your problems start to go away… should always be kept in our collective minds on he fireground. Look out the door or window near you right now…. do you see any uncontrolled hostile fire?…. Many have gone on before us that would lament that puttin the fire out is we a suppose to do…. The best approaches to accomplishing this task is often begins with some common sense transitional suppression tactics.

  • really

    The fire over ran us after we found a no rescue conformation, I’m still getting up off the floor, I think I pissed myself laughing. How do you get over run with a staffed attack line and back up line at a room fire? Im all for knocking some fire from the window with a smoothbore as the truck forces the door, but after that its go time. Hoods on, flaps down and show time. If you searched the house with no rescue found and then just left Im lost on this tactic? Some of you new guys care to explain how saving property is no longer a “FIRE” company job? It think we ought to just close the doors on all these clubs, staff a few county wide AFFF trucks with a driver only and wet the house next to it when theres a fire. Give it up folks, your simply not effective at your craft. Thats a shame.

  • A Team

    For all of the ‘armchairs’ who did not particpate in the call! Thanks for keeping a fire service tradition alive; offering destructive criticism from the seat of your pants, when you don’t know one fact about the incident. It is great to see that one thing never changes in our endeavors: backstabbing of fellow firefighters!

  • Scorch

    God love the arm chair fire officers, you guys really know how to support your brothers.